Entries by Sonya Hubbard

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Doing the merger math at SonicWALL…

On July 23, shareholders of SonicWALL, Inc. (SNWL) will decide whether to let their company be acquired by PSM Holdings 2, Inc. If the deal is approved, shareholders will get $11.50 cash (with no interest) for each share, minus any applicable taxes. In the merger proxy that the company filed June 22, the filing explained […]

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A look at BMC Software’s time-based RSUs…

When Houston-based BMC Software, Inc. (BMC) filed its proxy June 17, we made a mental note to praise the company for what we think is a small step in the right direction: The company said that while it will continue to pay the travel costs for executives— spouses to attend —appropriate company events, it will […]

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Exide puts the “juice” in new CEO’s agreement…

It’s a busy week within the executive ranks at Exide Technologies (XIDE). Exide produces and recycles lead-acid batteries in 80 countries and had 2009 net sales of $3.3 billion. Today is the last day for president/COO Edward —E. J. O—Leary, who has been with the company since 2005. But Exide made another executive announcement just […]

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A “jolly good” transition at Symetra…

While the most famous —Changing the Guard ceremony takes place in London, another impressive one is taking place in Bellevue, Washington, where Symetra Financial Corporation (SYA), which sells life insurance, annuities, and various employment benefit plans, has its headquarters. The departing —Guard is CEO/President Randall Talbot, who’s leaving his executive posts and board seat at […]

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A “bird in hand” for MFA Financial exec…

Earlier this week, MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA), a real estate investment trust that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities (on a leveraged basis, its website notes), amended the employment agreement with Stewart Zimmerman, its Chairman of the Board/CEO. The agreement itself was attached to this 8-K. Zimmerman’s prior agreement was set to expire December 31, 2010, […]

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The Cost of __£Cool__ã at Quiksilver__»

According to pro surfer Kelly Slater’s website, he’s the —greatest surfer of all time. Of course, we’re in no position to disagree: He’s won 9 world titles and dozens of competitions. He surfs with Cameron Diaz, for Pete’s sake. The guy exudes cool. As you might imagine, getting a celebrity like Slater to endorse your […]

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Keeping an eye on environmental disclosures…

Although we’re all watching the ghastly oil spill in the Gulf, other companies have been dealing with their own environmental issues. Thankfully, they’re on a smaller scale, but they may still interest the companies— shareholders. First, The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY) disclosed in yesterday’s 10-Q that it signed a formal settlement […]

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Aeropostale Exec Set for a Trendy Retirement…

Although leading an uber-cool company like Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO) surely had many rewards, more will soon flow to former CEO Julian Geiger, who led the company since 1996. Geiger stepped down as CEO of Aeropostale on February 12, 2010, ceding the post to co-CEOs Mindy Meads and Thomas Johnson. But Geiger’s still connected to the […]

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Legal Roundup, Part 2…

In Part 1 of yesterday afternoon’s legal roundup, we wrote about some companies’ new disclosures about legal matters. Today we—ll look at a few more interesting examples that we—ve uncovered in the past few days. Full Steam Ahead: First is Microchip Technology, Inc.’s (MCHP) annual report, filed June 2. The company discloses that on March […]